I went to a ska show last week on Wednesday at the Avalon Ballroom in Boston. Against All Authority, Streetlight Manifesto, Less than Jake and Reel Big Fish were all terrific. But I came to a conclusion while I was there that I might be getting to old to go to these shows anymore. Being 23, and seeing all these 14 year old wearing obscure band shirts that they found the week before and acting in complete disregard for the other people there, began to get me thinking about this.
Don't get me wrong. The best part of rock shows in the energy of the crowd. But lame antics like just standing straight up and leaning on people until they push you, and then falling on other people, and on and on is stupid.
I now submit this list:
Don't try to prove your knowledge of the genre by displaying the aforementioned band t-shirts. It makes you look like you are trying to hard.
Please DO shower beforehand.
Girls, please DO keep your hair out of my face when you stand in front of me. It doesn't taste good.
Guys, please DO keep your shirt on. Sweaty bodies rubbing on me make me queasy.
Don't get drunk and scream your friends' names repeatedly between bands' sets...or during them, for that matter.
Don't try to hand me pamphlets for your lame cover band. I don't care.
Please, again, DO shower beforehand.
Come for the music, not for the moshing, skanking, circle pits, etc.
Say phrases like, "Excuse me." to communicate that you'd like to move around me. Instead of pushing.
Don't get mad when your precious girlfriend gets her foot stomped on. It happens.
Don't scream songs for the band to play. Unless they ask.
Don't start moshing/skanking/being annoying around people who have clearly made it apparent that they don't want to participate in such activities by moving away from the others...doing such actions.
Do have fun...but not at the expense of others'.
Again...shower. And slather on some deoderant while you're at it.
Then again...maybe rowdy live shows aren't for me anymore.
In other news...the sun recently attacked me with its ultraviolet rays. I'm not dead, but I do seem to have acquired a reddish hue on my face, arms, and legs. Weird.